Author: Ivan Kocmarek

Heroes of the Home Front and Gerald Lazare

First bit of news is that the Heroes of the Home Front Kickstarter went live on Labour Day and will run through to October 4th. Let’s see if we can pull this thing off! Take a look when you have the chance. It would be great to get copies of this book into the hands of those who care about this stuff. Maybe if we can succeed with this, it might give us leverage to approach a publisher to put out a more widely distributed softcover second edition. One thing that I’ve noticed is that as soon as you...

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Heroes of the Home Front Kickstarter

Ready to kick off the Kickstarter for my Book on the Bell Features artists called Heroes of the Home Front on or about Labour Day and was fortunate enough to get a write up by Jeff Mahoney in the local paper. The article talks about the kind donation of two pieces of cartoon art by Hamilton artists Joe Ollmann and David Collier to be used as incentives for the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the book. The subject of Joe Ollmann’s piece is Aram Alexanian and the subject of David Collier’s piece is Harry Brunt. Both drew for Bell Features...

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Bert Bushell

Edward Albert Bushell was probably born in 1917 and probably in B.C.  We don’t know much about him except for the comic book work he did for Maple Leaf Publications in Vancouver during the Second World War. His first work for Maple Leaf appears to be the creation of comedic “Kipper Herring” in Better Comics Vol.1 No. 4 which dates from August 1941, about the same time that Adrian Dingle’s Triumph-Adventure Comics No. 1 with the first appearance of Nelvana was hitting the stands across the country. In issue No. 6 of Better Comics, Bushell took over the illustration...

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WECA Swipes

These days we “swipe” to make a purchase. Holding our credit or debit card, we move its encoded magnetic strip through a slot in a portable reader that decodes the digital information embedded in the strip and makes the appropriate calculation to remove the required amount from our bank account. Nothing nefarious, just a microcosm of commerce. Before the digital age, the most common meaning of “swipe” still involved moving one’s hand in a crossword motion, however, this time the only ‘magnetic force’ involved was the removal of something that didn’t belong to you. Here’s how Jules Feiffer defines...

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The most collectible of the WECA Publishers

I often wonder how many WECA (or, if you prefer, Canadian Whites) collectors there are out there? How many of them are outside Canada (in the States, in the UK, in Europe, or even in Australia/New Zealand)? In any case, most of us, who admit to being WECA comic collectors, will try to get any of these old Canadian war-time comics whenever we come across them because they are so scarce. Over the last number of years, the mindset concerning the value of these books has changed. It wasn’t so long ago that they were seen as almost throwaway...

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